Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Wore the Red Shawl Today

I did. It was coolish out, and the sun was hiding. So I wore it around campus and looked loverly and got sooo many compliments.
Okay, so some of you have seen Pan's Labyrinth. I personally think the movie is a little too gory for me- but the soundtrack is so good at some parts. Like the three songs; "Ofella," "A Princess," and "Pan's Labyrinth Lullaby." They're all so beautiful. Hmm, what else do I know that is of interest?
Ooh! There's a formal Scottish ball thing our teachers said we could go to... Only, I have no one to go with and nothing to wear, even if they do teach me everything I need to know, and that hardly seems fair. I want to go! I do, I do, I do.
And- the sun showed itself today! It feels like forever since I've seen it! I'm so happy. Less work tonight. Well, same amount of work, more time.
Here's a funny bit of information. Did you know Bard has a socialist organization? That's entertaining.
Oh, and I'm out of chocolate. What a situation to come home to.
I know this isn't very amusing. I'm trying to think of something, really I am.
You know, there is something odd going on. I never really liked turkey on my cold cut sandwiches until I got here. (It is relevant, I promise. I had one for lunch today, along with a bowl of potato soup. Mmm, yummy.)
And no calc 2 quiz today!!! Which means I wasted my time last night studying, but I didn't have to take a quiz I was bound to fail. And she let us out of class thirty minutes early. That was great, too. Even better, I might have time to do something crafty or musical this evening. Who knows? Gotta finish this essay first, though, which means I must say goodbye to all of you, go buy a train ticket, and then finish the essay.
Love and smiles to all
and to all a good day
KSM
XOXO

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hopefully the Weather's Better Next Time

So, foot patrol. Entails walking around campus- and I mean around- making notes on strategically placed clipboards and signing in. Five stops, and we're supposed to have fifteen minutes between each one, and then we begin again. For three hours. And it would've been very nice. My co-workers, both male, one a fellow freshman- SA, the other a sophomore- RG, were very nice and I would even venture to say amusing. We got along quite well for never having spoken to each other ever before. But it rained the entire three hours. It didn't rain until we started walking, and so, logically, I didn't have my umbrella with me. (Neither did the other two. Actually, I think RG had one, but he didn't want to use it if we were going to suffer.) And our SRG jackets are not even remotely weatherproof. I was more than warm enough. It was uber humid. But I was very wet by the time I returned home; my sneakers are still soaked as are my pants, which had water soaking up to my knees and patches of rain on various other locations. The roads are rocky and covered with treacherous potholes and frogs. I encountered no other wildlife until my walk home, and then it was a skunk. Bard is notorious for having a very large skunk population. In addition, the walk is quite hilly. None of the hills were huge, but it's up and down, and up and down. And we did encounter some excitement, though RG says that's likely to be the highlight of the year for foot patrol. An alarm was going off to one of the buildings on campus that has lots of expensive equipment. Woot! Fun wow. One last comment on that subject; whoever decided I should do this did not stop to consider that I live on the third floor of my dorm. That's something like 37 stairs after walking for over three hours. The walk home isn't bad; it's very much downhill. But the stairs, oh, that's cruel. And then there was the peeling yourself out of socks and pants. By the time I finished it was three thirty. Ooh, I forgot. I was wearing this thin, fuzzy shirt. I will not make that mistake again. It left me covered in a thin coating of dark blue fuzzies that were plastered to my skin. Eew.
Okay, I think I'm going to go. I'm sooo hungry right now. I would still be asleep, but SL got up at 9:30 to talk to her parents, and I can't very well ask her to do it later. Love you all!
KSM
PS- My glasses stayed constantly covered with water and fog, so I couldn't see ANYTHING. And when I took them off, I got a headache. Silly glasses.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Superhero of Gadgets Strikes Again

Quick note in addition to earlier post: today, the superhero of gadgets came through once again and rescued me from a precarious situation. She's wonderful! Yes, Rachael, whom you may know from her most excellent blog, saved my iPod and myself from despair- and she was very patient about the whole thing to. So, this is another thank you to you Rachael (whom I know better as Madame)! My iPod and I are having a grand ol' time, now that she's up and going!
Love KSM

I Hope You Get a Good Laugh

KSM went a bit camera crazy this evening, from boredom. I hope you laugh a lot- I certainly did! It's good for you, and it'll make you feel better, until you laugh so much you get a headache from oxygen deprivation- which I'm known for doing. What can I say? I love to laugh. Here are some good and amusing results... Love KSM









Friday, September 26, 2008

Woot!!! I Love Surprises!!!! And KHM!!!





So, it's been raining all day. It was quite nice. Now it has stopped, which is also quite nice. As you can see, the colors are barely beginning to change here, which is incredibly frustrating. I keep waiting for some color... But all there is is green. My little roses are doing okay, but they're not getting nearly enough sunlight. Days are too short, I guess. Poor little guys. SL is also sad about it. I'm going to keep taking care of them, though, and maybe try putting them under my natural light lamp. Hopefully that works- because otherwise they won't last the winter. The room is clean!!!! It hasn't changed much since you all last saw it, but I thought I'd keep you imaging my location from which I write, and I thought some pics would help. It's very comfy cozy. SL and I haven't tried the heat yet, though it has been cold. See if you can find my surprise in this picture. See it? See it? There it is!!!! Yay Auntie KHM!!!! It would be my snazzie new 4 gig Ipod mini!!! And it's very cool. Right now it's charging, me already having put some music on it for later use. Say, a walk to Scottish dancing and back, or to dinner, or whatever. Very cool. Very very very cool. Thank you Auntie KHM again.
It's weekendish type time!!! Celebrate!!! I start work tomorrow night. Um... What else? Ooh, I know. I think I did well on my Chinese quiz yesterday, even though everybody else complained that it was super hard. Making homemade popcorn later to watch a movie. Not sure what movie yet, but there will be one. I need to find a paper bag somewhere, though. That could be tricky. My essay that's due Monday is finished, so now I've just got some reading to do. And it's interesting reading. Synge and St. Augustine. You'll get no complaints from me. There is another essay due Wednesday I should start... But not tonight! Tonight is for fun!!! Yay Friday!!! Yay people I love! Yay me!
Smiles and kisses sent your way!
KSM
PS- Vacuuming is much more amusing when you have a cute little bright purple vaccum cleaner. Thank you Daddy. SL and I argue about who gets to do it. Love you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kelley's New Music!!!



I've been listening to an online radio station that I'm quite loving!!!! It's a Celtic Rock Radio, on Live365. It's surprising how many of the songs I already know, and the artists, but there's seriously sooo much good stuff. They're funny. Right now it's playing a song called "Pabst Blue Ribbon" - and it's one of the one funny ones.
Here's the link:
http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/mini.cgi?membername=celtrockdj&tm=1016

I hope it works for you. Ignore the commercials. They don't last long... We know most of them by heart anyways.
I'm good. The cold is going away, and the end of the week is coming, and maybe I can sleep and not think and not try to remember a gabajillion little characters. Asking for a lot? I don't care.
As to craftiness, well, I've not had time for much. Still working on the sketch that's taking me uber long. These are progress pics, and I'm pleased. Like I said before- drawing is a hobby that can take forever to gain any skill in. When they say a good artist spends 90 percent of their time looking at the picture, they weren't kidding. It takes patience. Most nights, I sit down for an hour or two at it, and maybe get the shading for the lips just right, or get the right spot for the eye marked off. It's excrutiatingly slow. Sorry.
I'm going to (if I have time) go out and find some more pretty places on campus to take pictures of.
Talk soon.
Love,
KSM
SMILE!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Some Music For Your Ears

http://www.jumpcut.com/view?id=AE3A017A891511DD86BE000423CF381C

Okay, sorry about the hassle. Click on this link and listen. There is an oopsie at the end, but recording it once was stressful enough for me. Enjoy! (The quality of the recording is not great- but I knew my daddy was missing me playing at home, so this is really for him.)
Smiles and kisses,
KSM

No Time to Talk...

Sorry folkies, too much work to do. I have a bazillion new characters/words for Thursday, and a calc quiz tomorrow to boot. I got a Chinese quiz back today, and it was much better. 95.5! Impressive! Woot!!! If I finish with all that stuff, I could start reading/memorizing for Irish lit, or any of three essays for FYSEM. But instead, I'll probably go play piano since I'm feeling a bit detached from the world right now.
Love and hugs,
KSM

Sunday, September 21, 2008

You Know You're Weird When...

You Scottish dance down the road from dinner, music in your ears, closed umbrella in your hand in the pouring rain. That's right folks, the umbrella was in my hand - and closed! So maybe I didn't realize how silly it looked until the folks with umbrellas over their heads started staring. But I don't care! It was lovely and liberating. I was going to go practice piano... But now it's pouring rain and thundering with lightening! And the practice rooms don't have windows and I would miss out on the storm. It'll wait. I've practiced probably 8 hours in the last three days, so it's okay.
I am hereby announcing the fact that I am working on a surprise for auntie KHM's visit (and one for my family, but they won't be tortured when they read this- if they read this.)
And, for anyone who knows me and loves me- I was talked into a facebook account today. If you haven't received a request from me- please e-mail me. You know my e-mail. I'll send you my facebook name.
I have a cold, and I hate it. It's a ruthless cold too. I've been out of it most of the day, due to one measly little benadryl. I'm suffering sniffles, sneezing and a headache right now so that I can sound coherent.
Job training was today. Woot. "Training." Right. That's it.
Nothing too crafty got done. Lots of talking and a revision of an essay. Reading. The good, and the bad!
Love and Kisses
and yeah, I can smile despite my runny nose,
KSM

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Miss me?





I know you were missing me! I went to a dance party last night. The DJ was bad, so I didn't stay long, but I had fabulous hair the whole night. I wish my hair would stay like this (the ringlets/down) all the time. It looks so so so good! I got tons of compliments. I have nothing else to report, except that it took me all day to write a really crappy essay. Why, you ask? Because it was sooooooooo boring. All the options were boring. Somehow, no matter what I wanted to do, it was always even more boring. I hate how that works.
All better now that this weekend's homework is done,
KSM

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I See How This Is



You all tell me I've disappeared, and then, when I come back, nobody cares!
Well!
This is my gift to me. It was 18 dollars, and it's sterling silver with turquoise and red coral, and though you can't see it in the pictures, there are symbols on the band. The cab, surrounded by more etching (sun rays and arcs) is a different variety of turquoise. It's very pretty.
I ventured into Red Hook this morning, to get a few necessities. I saw that, besides the bead store, the Chinese Wok, the Indian restaurant, and the French store (all of which I've yet to visit) there is a Celtic gift shop! I really must get there some day when I have lots of time and explore for a bit. the city people complain and say there's nothing to do, but there are also heaps of antique shops there. There's plenty to do, in my book. Window shopping galore!
And in more exciting news, I have dates for my auntie's visit! She's coming to spend several days with me in October (if you read her blog you know that it helps that Rhinebeck- only 15ish minutes away- hosts an enormous wool/yarn festival in October)! Yeah! Family! Visiting! Cool! I'm so hyper excited! October will be fun. I have a long weekend, Auntie K's visit, and family weekend! As well as Halloween. Speaking of which, I need to work on a new costume for that. I will when I go home for the long weekend. Yeah long weekends! Yeah everything! Who said Thursdays weren't great?
On the even more bright side, I now have ALL the fixins for homemade popcorn!!! Celebrate! I am victorious! (Don't tell the orthodentist. I haven't had problems with it yet, but not promising anything.) I have had to go without most of the tastes of home whilst being here, but I won't go without that. Mmmm.... Yummy. Homemade popcorn. Drooling already.
Hugs, Kisses, Smiles, and Lots of Laughs!
KSM (or, in Chinese, MJW)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

As Promised



Okay, so he's not my best, but I'm not sharing my best. And he's not bad, after all. So, this is what I have been doing when my hands are free as I watch movies. It's not often, but some of them don't take long, and it's nice to know I'm not bad at everything. I'm going to try some in charcoal. I love how charcoal looks, and I'm not bad with it as a medium. I dread it, though, because it's not the easiest to erase...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chinese Characters




Okay, so the post isn't actually about Chinese characters, but the pictures are pictures of some of my vocab for my quiz Thursday. Lots and lots of them. I'm actually enjoying trying to remember them. I have to make up little stories to do it. It's really funny. SL thinks I'm absolutely off my rocker. But hey, what can I do? I think they're rather pretty.
Life is sweet, and life is beautiful!
I've been drawing a lot lately, and am definitely improving. Tomorrow, I promise. I made good on my promise about Granuaile, but nobody was really that interested in her.
There's a great, beautiful song, called The Lass of Aughrim, which is a late 19th century Irish air, and it's beautiful. The lyrics were featured in Joyce's "The Dead", and when a movie was made about Joyce's life, called "Nora" they featured it again, and a beautiful reprise was played in the credits. If you can find it, listen. It's actually longer than you will mostly find video or audio of, but you can also find lyrics for it that have everything given. I learned about this song for my Irish lit presentation.
Love and kisses all!
KSM
XOXO

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Granuaile

Her name was Grace O’Malley. She was later known by many many names: The Sea Queen Of Connaught, Gráinne Mhaol, Gráinne Ui Mháille, Gráinne Umhaill. Anglicized versions of her name are Grany O'Maly, Grany Imallye, Granny Nye Male, Grany O'Mayle, Granie ny Maille, Granny ni Maille, Grany O'Mally, Grayn Ny Mayle, Grane ne Male, Grainy O'Maly, and Granee O'Maillie. She was born in 1530, and died in 1603. She is an Irish hero, and one of their greatest historical female figures. I won’t get into strenuous detail, but here are some great tidbits. Her life was shaped around the House of Tudor’s efforts to regain rule of Ireland. Her family refused to submit to foreign rule- they did not recognize the English (later this would be an important part of her life), and so they took to poaching on the seas. When she could not get contracts for her vessel to carry cargo, she would attack ships off the coast of county Mayo. Once, her sons were taken hostage, to ensure her good behavior. (This was a common Elizabethan practice. It enabled them to anglicize the sons, and to ‘domesticate’ clan chieftains.) She sailed to England, guaranteed safe passage by Queen Elizabeth. She requested their release of the Queen, and also, “free liberty during her life to invade with sword and fire all your highness' enemies,” since governor Bingham had impounded her fleet. She refused to bow to Elizabeth, not recognizing her as the sovereign ruler of Ireland. So! A few of her adventures. Can you imagine not bowing to Elizabeth? There are rumors they became good friends. Find out for yourself, I’ve said enough. Suffice it to say, Granuaile became a poetic symbol of Ireland, like the Sean-Bhean Bhocht. (That one I’ll leave up to you.)

Love,

KSM

Saturday, September 13, 2008

And Her Legs Will Never Bend Again

Great title, right?
I'm not even kidding.
Last night was so much fun.
I was the only beginner there. There were three others there, that had been doing the dancing for years, and the two teachers. It was a super-intense private lesson for me. And I learned so much. And my ghillies were wonderful. It was incredibly humid, because it had been raining all day, so the floor was sticky despite our best efforts. I wish you people could see it. And I'm sad my plaid skirt is somewhere at home...
We danced four or five different dances. This generally involves the teachers walking us through it for a few rotations, teaching us any of the new figures, and then the music being turned on and us dancing it until we're out of breath and reeling(tee hee. Pun DEFINITELY intended). You get dizzy fast, looking at your partner or not. My favorites last night were Catch the Wind, Bluebonnets, and St. Andrew's Fair. (I think that's what she called it.) If you can find a video of that last, you will see that it is fast paced. It is a three couple dance done in a four couple set. We didn't have a four couple set, we only had three. So, that meant everyone was always dancing. And further, the only pipe song the teacher had with her for that dance was very long. The thing about Scottish dancing is, you keep doing the dance until the song is over. And many songs are written with the dances in mind. CDs are sold with 4 bar, 6 bar, or 8 bar lengths on them. 8 is long. I think that's what she had. That would be ideal if we had many more couples. It was amazing though, and really, do try to find video of it, if you can. Riot, riot. I LOVED it. I've never sweated so much in an hour and a half. And when I had to sit down to take my ghillies off, I thought I'd never make it back up again.
If you have the opportunity- try it! It's wonderful.
And, today, while preparing a presentation about turn of the century Irish songs, I pursued some private research on the topic of "Granuaille." That's an amazingly interesting thing. She was the 'pirate queen' of Ireland, in the seventeenth century. Maybe tomorrow I'll write more about her. But it's really interesting. And the song is beautiful. Celtic Woman does a song called "Granuaille's Dance," and it's great fun, as is their norm.
Love and hugs and all the kisses I've got to give,
KSM

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ghillies on My Feet!!!!



They arrived today! In time for lessons this evening! Yay!!!!!!
PS- They take a bit longer to lace up than sneakers.

A Good Time

If you like word games, then I have found the master. (Other than the Mots d'Heures: Gousses Rames. If you speak French, these are FANTASTIC. I love them. Louis D'Antin van Rooten is the man you're looking for.) I'm currently reading Plato's The Republic. It's a translation by Sterling and Scott, and it's quite enjoyable. The content is great- it's philosophy and human nature and some seriously good questions to consider- but that's not what I think makes it a good time. No, it's Socrates- the character. It's his method- the Socratic method. That's much more amusing than anything. Some of the books in The Republic are utterly ridiculous, and pointless content wise. That's books II and III. But Socrates, he's good. He starts out by asking a question. Here, let me quote one of the other characters, Adeimantus. "Nonetheless, when your listeners hear you argue in this way, they think that because they are inexperienced in your method of question and answer, each question leads them ever so slightly astray until they reach the end of the argument when the sum of the divergences amounts to serious error and self-contradiction. They feel like unskilled players in a game contending with masters; they are finally cornered and can't make a move. So it is with your game, played with words instead of counters: finally their mouths are stopped, and they don't know what to say."
We had a class that was held using the Socratic method the other day. We didn't know what was happening. The professor started by asking us if it was okay to make fun of people academically. Should have guessed it then, because that's what he proceeded to do for an hour and a half. And it was so incredibly much fun. We laughed so much, and many of us blushed quite a lot. Our conversation focused on love and hate- and all the interesting places those things can lead. I wish somebody had been recording it. It was hilarious.
Okay, and here's an example of a Mots D'Heures: Gousses, Rames. They're supposed to be French poems, but when read aloud, they sound like English nursery rhymes. They're incredible! And they mean really funny things in French, too. If you can read French, you know the title of the collection sounds like "Mother Goose Rhymes". Teehee.
This is Jack and Jill. In the book, they don't have titles- you're supposed to figure them out on your own.
Chacun Gille
Houer ne taupe de hile
Tôt-fait, j'appelle au boiteur
Chaque fêle dans un broc, est-ce crosne?
Un Gille qu'aime tant berline à fêtard.

Here's another one... See if you can figure it out.

Un petit d'un petit
S'étonne aux Halles
Un petit d'un petit
Ah! degrés te fallent
Indolent qui ne sort cesse
Indolent qui ne se mène
Qu'importe un petit d'un petit
Tout Gai de Reguennes


Enjoy!
Love,
KSM
PS- That one's Humpty Dumpty. You can find more on the internet.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

There Was a Luau Tonight

Well, there was. And they roasted a pig today. All day. You could smell it at my dorm at 7:30 this morning. You can still smell it. And there were tiki huts and leis and everything! Even a band and a limbo competition to win an I-pod shuffle. There were all sorts of things. And that's all I'm going to say on the subject.
The sunsets here are amazing. And I'm very sorry I don't have any pictures to put up for you. I'm just going to talk about my sunset cloud watching. I always watch the clouds, because they're so different. Last night, they were sort of dark grey bluish, and their lower edges were gold gold gold! The sky behind them was blue and bright bright orange, and it was just incredible to look at. I must have stood there like an idiot staring at them for ten or more minutes. I haven't done much cloud watching for shapes, mostly for colors. They're usually either whispy or extremely dense, and they tend to fill the whole sky or sit in very organized looking rows. It has been raining quite a lot recently, so there have been lots of clouds. And fall is finally setting in. It was a chilly day. Beautifully chilly. Lots of sun, just not so warm. I love that.
I realized something. My friend VRP and I were trying to figure this out some time ago. We went to the Gross Anatomy Lab at D'Youville college for our human anatomy class last year, and while we were sitting in the room with the cadaver, watching things be poked and prodded and peeled away, we were both ravenously hungry. (Keep in mind it was just before noon and breakfast had been at six. It wasn't really that strange to be a little hungry.) I was a bit concerned that I could be hungry in the presence of something I found so utterly disgusting. And I never figured out why until today, when someone let a bizarre fact slip. Did you know that formeldahyde triggers certain enzymes (or some such equally scientific sounding word) in your brain to make you even more hungry? That's very distressing to me. But it certainly explains the thing.
Well, now that you've had your science lesson for the day, I'd best be going.
Love to all!
XOXO
KSM

Monday, September 08, 2008

A New Discovery

Good news!
I have discovered a new musician! For anyone who wants to know genre right off the bat, I think maybe Girl Folk is appropriate, although some songs do stray. Her name is Erin McKeown. And she's good. My PC was listening to her the other day, and I just remembered how much I liked it, so I looked up some of her stuff and listened, and it's good.
Here are the names of a few of the good songs.
"Born to Hum"
"Didn't They"
"The Taste of You" - this one's great!

I always love finding new music. I do I do I do.
Love
KSM
xoxoxo

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Ah, Sunday At Last

It's Sunday! And a happy Sunday to you all!
My legs still hurt- it's incredible! I can't wait for our next class. And, now I'm waiting for an e-mail from the contra dance people. And then away we go!

Here is another poem I found that you might enjoy. It doesn't have a title.

I think that at this moment
maybe nobody in the universe is thinking about me,
I'm the only one who's thinking about me,
and if I were to die now
nobody, not even I, would think of me.

And this is where the abyss begins,
as when I go to sleep.
I'm my own support and I take it away from me.
I help to drape everything with absence.

That may be why
when you think of someone
it's like saving them.
-Roberto Juarroz

I love this blog thing. I love sharing these things with you. I love everything about being able to share everything with you! And I'm just so happy today, for no reason. It's great to be happy, and it's great to have beautiful days like it is here today.
Yesterday was our PC's birthday, CRS. We made creme cheese chocolate cupcakes for her, they were delicious. And I made her simple earrings, but I couldn't get pictures of them. They didn't want to focus, so I just gave them to her without trying too much.
And life is good!
Love
KSM
XOXOXO

Friday, September 05, 2008

What a Time!


Tonight marked the re-beginning of my Scottish dancing lessons! It's fun. I did it once before for a few intense weeks at Chautauqua Institution. That was in seventh grade. I had a lot of fun. So when they announced they'd be having it here, I decided to go. The lesson was two hours long! There were fourteen of us Bardians, with only one male, plus the instructing couple. We learned several dances, including "Welcome to Annandale", "A Trip to Gatlinberg", and "A Trip to Bavaria". There were several others. It was fun. I think my arms and legs my fall off. I will say, the basic steps come back quickly, and it's easy to remember the order of sets. The complex part about social dancing- not just Scottish- is the progression. It's okay if it's a four couple dance in a four couple group. But when it's a three couple dance in a four couple group or- even worse- a two couple dance in four couple group, things get quite out of hand. People tend not to pay attention. Always pay attention. Having a strong musical background definately helps. You need to count. But mostly, it's fun, and sweaty, and there will be lots of laughs. There's moving in circles with the slip step- which is one of the most fun- and there's advancing and retreating and all sorts of other wonderful things. Try it, if you have the opportunity. I'm going to be doing it every Friday for two hours. I'm also trying out the contradancing club. That'll be a riot. Good music for both! We never even sat down. It was great.
If anybody is wondering, which I know you're not, these are gillies, the official Scottish dancing shoes. I like them a lot. A lot.
Oh. And my phone is functional!
One more thing. I tried to record me practicing piano for you today. It turns out, I'm a perfectionist. (Who would have known?) Every time I messed up (which is what practice is about), I stopped the recording and deleted it and started over. Some other day, then. I'm going to get over my fear of messing up first. And then you can listen to me practice.
Enjoy!
Love
KSM
XOXOXO

Thursday, September 04, 2008

False Alarum



(I know I spelled it with a 'u'. This is a literary reference. Look it up if you don't know.)
As I believe I mentioned yesterday, I finally managed to remember how to write my Chinese name. And it's beautiful! Here are several different attempts on my part. None of them are perfect, but we do that even when we write our names in English. The upper image is a larger drawing of my name, along with the Pinyin spelling and tone markings. It's a beautiful name, they keep telling me. It means, essentially, "the inner beauty of a girl who likes to study/read." SL, my roommate, picked it for me. Isn't she clever?


There was a false alarm! Apparently, it was just this poem the teacher was having us read aloud. It was sort of stop and go. You know those Chinese tonal poem thing-a-ma-jiggers. Sort of like one of those. Today we were learning greetings and such, and that went exceptionally well. I think I'm getting the hang of the pronunciation. I bet you never thought about French people learning Chinese and the accent they must have, did you? Well, if you ever need to know what it sounds like...
If any of you have tried calling me, you will not be able to get a hold of me, you may have noticed. I don't know how long that's going to be for, just so you know.
Much love
KSM

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Red Shawl



This is the divine piece TLHB. And it is divine. The yarn is thick and warm, but not too heavy. And it's just magnificent to look at. I am so lucky to have two such talented Aunties as I do.
I made a very important discovery today. Any degree of fluency in French is a detriment to learning Chinese. Despite the fact that individual words can sound like French words, if you say those French words together, it just sounds like really botched Chinese. If there was another class that I wished to take, you can bet I would jump ship, but since the adviser has not invited me into the French class, I'm stuck with Chinese. And it's torture. We had to read a poem aloud today. She asked me (alone!) to do it in front of the class, before I had even really figured out how to say it. No good. Madame- I'm sorry if my French goes down the drain. I think this could kill it... It's really funny. People in the class are like, "Ugh, she's such a French major. KSM, it's not French class, it's Chinese!" Oh well.
On the plus side, I have now managed to remember the characters of my name, and can write them almost perfectly. A project for another day!
Much love and many smiles from me to you
KSM
PS- Aren't the little Scottie dogs cute?

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

There's No Place Like the Swingset


Isn't it marvy? It's so much fun, and it's just outside my dorm. I must tell you; it's the BEST relaxation technique. It makes it easy to forget everything important, which is a blessing. Unfortunately, they squeak really badly. People have this tendency of visiting them late at night and early in the morning... And sound travels through air really well. Wouldn't my physics teacher be proud? I learned so much.
Life is beautiful! I must say.
And, despite heaps and heaps of homework and a stack of books I need that have yet to arrive, I'm still smiling!
A package arrived today from the other wonderful auntie! That would be TLHB. And it, likewise, was wonderful. They keep sending sweet stripes. Gotta love that, tell you what. She sent me this stunning shawl. I'll post a picture tomorrow. I hope you like tinterhooks.
Smile!!!
KSM